College Senate Bulletin


Bulletin 30
18 May 2001



Upcoming Meetings




19 May



10:00 a.m.


Correspondence: Christopher C. Leary, Department of Mathematics, South 324D
E-mail: Phone: 245-5383


Comments from the Chair
Web Site
UCC Procedures
Closing Comments
Annual Reports
Undergraduate Policy, Core and Review Committee
Graduate Academic Affairs Committee
Faculty Affairs Committee
Vice Chair

Comments from the Chair

Web Site

I have updated the Constitution to reflect the changes that were approved in the Spring Elections.

UCC Procedures

An ad hoc committee consisting of the Provost, Chris Leary, Terry Bazzett, and Susan Bailey is beginning to discuss procedures relating to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and submissions of curriculum proposals. If you have interest in this process and wish to influence the work of the committee, please contact one of the members of the committee.

Closing Comments

As this is the last issue of the Bulletin that I will publish, I would just like to thank all of you for your patience and your understanding, as well as your hard work this year. I have learned a lot during the year, and it has (in many ways) been a lot of fun.

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

Annual Reports

Undergraduate Policy, Core and Review Committee

Policy Committee

2000-2001 Annual Report

To: Chris Leary, Chair, College Senate

From: Ed Gillin, Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Policy, Core, and Review

Subject: Final Committee Report

The Policy Committee discussed a number of issues this past year. Among the matters brought to the Senate and subsequently approved were the following unrelated items:

  1. A proposal to ensure that SUNY Geneseo students shall receive a paper copy of course syllabi during the first week of classes each semester.

  2. A proposal to eliminate some rather confusing and misleading language in the Undergraduate Bulletin (p. 90) regarding grade petitions for seniors who receive grades of D or E during their final semester.

  3. A proposal to eliminate the college graduation requirement that students earn a minimum of 45 semester hours outside of their major area.

Additionally, the Policy Committee spent much time in 2000-2001 addressing the SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution on General Education (1999) requirement of coursework related to United States history. On the one hand, Policy Committee members recognized the need to comply with these directives on behalf of Geneseo’s students. On the other hand, Committee members respected our institutional history and Geneseo’s long-established tradition of free discussion and considered debate over curricular issues. The latter element caused the Policy Committee on several occasions to reject sending on to the Senate proposals that contained language concerning a Geneseo U. S. history requirement or learning outcomes. It was perceived that no such matter(s) could be honestly debated on the Senate floor because of the impossibility of either altering or rejecting mandates from the SUNY Board of Trustees or the SUNY Provost.

Such considerations ultimately led to a series of proposals in response to the Board of Trustees requirements:

  1. That Geneseo students shall fulfill the SUNY directives by taking one three-credit course from a published list of appropriate courses;

  2. That at least some courses on this list shall also meet other core or graduation requirements;

  3. That a U. S. History Committee be established with power to review, approve, and forward to the Undergraduate Committee on Curriculum courses submitted by academic departments for inclusion on the published list;

  4. That all official college publications referring to the History requirement should label it as a SUNY requirement.

These proposals were approved by the College Senate.

Respectfully submitted,

Edward Gillin

Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Policy, Core, and Review

Graduate Academic Affairs Committee

The Graduate Academic Affairs Committee considered two curricular matters, both from the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department. At our October 24, 2000 meeting, we considered and approved a program revision making CDSc 533, Clinical Instrumentation in Speech Disorders, a required course rather than an elective disorder course, with an accompanying change in the number of elective disorder courses to be completed from eight to seven (Bulletin, p. 100). The change passed on its first reading at the Nov. 14 Senate meeting (Bulletin, p. 144) and second reading at the December 5 Senate meeting (Bulletin, p. 171).

At our April 3, 2001 meeting, we considered a change in the M.A. in Speech Pathology admission criteria to include evidence of likely clinical success and a modification in the required GRE scores (Bulletin, pp. 433-434). After our meeting, the proposal was reconsidered by the department, the Provost, and the Dean's office, who jointly made a slight change in the GRE scores requirement. GAAC members voted by e-mail to approve the revised version, which passed on its first reading at the April 10 Senate meeting (Bulletin, pp. 446-447) and second reading at the May 1 Senate meeting (Bulletin, p. 455).

On a less formal level, GAAC member Rose McEwen expressed her concern to the Chair about the written "Guide for Preparation of Master's Theses" distributed to students. We conveyed to the Graduate Office our recommendations that the document's language be made gender-neutral and that the instructions be brought into the computer age (for example, by deleting references to carbon paper). The Graduate Office and the School of Education will revise the guide.

Respectfully Submitted,

Judith Bushnell, Chair,
Graduate Academic Affairs Committee

Faculty Affairs Committee

The Annual Report for the Faculty Affairs Committee will be included in the 2001–2002 Volume of the Bulletin.

Vice Chair

Annual Report of the College Senate Vice-Chair


Selections for nominees to SUNY Central for promotion to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor, Distinguished Service Professor, and Distinguished Professor and selections for nominees for the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Professional Service, and Excellence in Librarianship were made by members of the Excellence Awards Committee chaired by the Vice-Chair.

The committee spent the fall reviewing materials submitted by the candidates and visiting classes before submitting their recommendations to the President for his consideration and transmittal to SUNY Central. I would like to thank the members of this year's committee for their considerable efforts in evaluating candidates for nomination: Susan Bailey, Isidro Bosch, Isom Fearn, Amy Happ, Paula Henry, Ronald Herzman, Kathleen Jones, Donald Marozas, Margaret Matlin, Ronald Pretzer, Leonard Sancilio, Emily Spilman, Wanda Spruill, Gary Towsley and Steve West.

Recommendations from the campus have not yet been acted upon by SUNY Central so awardees will be announced in the Senate Bulletin next fall.

My thanks also go to the Dean's Office and the Office of Instructional Research for their help in providing information necessary for the committee's deliberations. I would also like to congratulate all the candidates for their contributions to Geneseo which resulted in their nomination as candidates by their colleagues and their students.

Janice Lovett
Vice-Chair, 2000-2001 College Senate